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Right now it's coming wintertime. All the trees will shed their leaves except the oak. he will hold its leaves. When springtime comes, they're old dead leaves. You don't have to go out and pick off the leaves so the new ones can come on. Just let the new life come up, and the old ones drop off and new ones come on.
That's the way it is with Christianity.

That's the way it is with Christianity. To receive Jesus Christ, doesn't... I heard people say, "Well, glory to God, I once cursed. I could cuss the hat off of a man's head. And I quit cussing; I know I'm a Christian." No, you don't, by that. No, sir. "I once drank, and I quit drinking." That's a good thing. But that's the moral thing that you stopped.
But to receive Jesus Christ is to receive His Person into your heart. That makes you die to the things of the world, if Christ lives in you. See? You absolutely could quit drinking and still not be a Christian. You could keep all ten commandments and still not be a Christian. For if the ten commandments would've saved you, Jesus wouldn't have had to die. But Jesus died that He might give you Everlasting Life. And that's what it is. It's the Holy Spirit living in you. Not keeping laws or doing things, or something like that, that's works. "Not by works are you saved; but by grace are you saved, through faith."

William Branham, Sermon "Jubilee Year"